Of all places to look at increasing the state minimum wage, advocates in North Dakota have been collecting signatures to bump the minimum up to $15 per hour (currently, it is $7.25). Fortunately however, with just less than a month to collect a total of 13,452 signatures, the effort holds out little hope of success. Lacking the volunteers necessary to collect the signatures (they had 2,000 collected through the middle of May), the advocates concede that getting it on the November ballot is unlikely, but take the longer view and promise to get further with it in future years. Not as likely to wait, the city commission in Fargo (yes, still North Dakota!) voted 4-1 last week to consider a proposal to establish a $12 an hour minimum wage by the year 2022. The proposal now goes before the community development committee for deliberation.